Have you ever wondered why some teams can plug just about anybody in and make them look like a probowler? Have you ever wondered why some bad teams can add one key player or have just one more offseason and suddenly contend for the playoffs? I have, and after watching yesterdays game, I finally understand why: As AI would say, its all about PRACTICE. And in our case, as usual, this comes down to defense. Throughout the course of our offseason, all we heard from Gary Kubiak and co. was about protecting the football. That was the mantra repeated over and over again, ad nauseum. It even made a token appearance on the shorts of our practice uniforms. Now, months later, whats the latest result? Our quarterback throws 4 interceptions and gives up a safety. Somethings not right. I started trying to figure out how our quarterbacks could throw so many interceptions, while rookies like Joe Flacco have gone nearly 4 games without throwing a single one. What makes our quarterbacks, who should be performing better, fall so far behind the curve? And then I realized the answer. Its our defense. If you watched the Baltimore game yesterday, you saw a Baltimore offense take a ton of shots down the field. We saw the same thing against Minnesota. Most teams are wary of these throws because they come with a low chance of being completed and a relatively high chance of being intercepted. Not against the Texans. For whatever reason, our defensive players have been instructed to play the receiver, and not the ball. I've watched Reeves run step for step with a receiver and never locate the ball. We've marched out safety after safety, and I've seen the same thing with all of them. And I saw Greenwood do it yesterday as well. Whats the result? At best, our defender knocks down the ball. At worst, we allow a "great catch" or get hit with a pass interference. Notice that turnover was not one of the options. In addition to making this extremely easy for opposing defenses to rack up huge point totals against us, think about the other problems it entails. In practice, Schaub and Sage play with our offense against our defense. They can throw the ball into double coverage, and probably end up with a great play. They have loft one up there and watch AJ come down with it. Why? Because we don't have defenders who play the ball. I bet in practice, Schaub and Sage both look great protecting the football. Then comes gameday. Suddenly, the opposing defenders aren't Jacques Reeves and Morlon Greenwood. A tight throw into double coverage is picked off. A lob up the middle is swatted and picked. "How can this be? It was so easy in practice?" Meanwhile, Joe Flacco, who practices against a team full of ballhawks goes into Reliant and has a field day. The defense he practices against is heads and shoulders above ours. "Wow, this game is easy!" And so it all comes down to defense and practice. Our defense is really bad. They are coached exceedingly poorly. You can see it in their gameplay. They don't make smart moves. They have talent, but they can't use it effectively consistently. And as such, our offense takes steps backwards every time we try and take a step forward. The scary thing is that this isn't limited to the passing game vs our secondary. Its evident in every part of our team.